Varese (Italy), Sep 7 (IANS) Mahindra Racing, the only Indian constructor in MotoGP World Championship, has taken a further step with its move to new headquarters in the north of Italy.
The new state-of-the-art engineering and development facility here, is in the heart of Lombardy, and at the core of much of Italy’s long and glorious history in motorcycle racing and production.
“This new centre in Italy joins Mahindra’s neural network of innovation along with other development centres in India, the US and South Korea,” Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra said in a statement on Monday.
“We decided to set up this centre in Italy given the country’s passion for, and expertise in motorcycle development. It also demonstrates our growing commitment to the MotoGP championship.”
The facility incorporates computer-aided design and engineering (CAD & CAE) as well as Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA) studies. High-tech test and quality-control laboratories combine with cutting-edge prototyping manufacturing processes; and a well-equipped warehouse to ensure spare-parts availability for customers.
Mahindra Racing entered the World Championship in 2011 and has grown steadily in results and in importance in Moto3. Up against well-established racing constructors Honda and KTM, the Indian brand has gone from just two factory-backed riders to support nine riders in four teams in 2015.
“By locating in Varese, Mahindra is able to take advantage of a big talent pool of experience and excellence, with a special focus on motorcycles and a wonderful motorcycle racing history. Furthermore, the Lombardy region is convenient for the rest of Europe, giving us access to a network of suppliers,” Mahindra Racing CEO Mufaddal Choonia said.
Nine riders campaign on the Mahindra MGP3O in Moto3 led by the three-strong Mapfre Team. San Carlo Team Italia, Outox Reset Drink Team and the CIP team field two riders apiece.